A London client recently got in touch with us for help with soft furnishings for their gorgeous Tudor cottage in the heart of Surrey.
Old buildings present a host of challenges. Single glazed windows (normally protected by Listed status) and wattle and daub walls that are to draught like water is to a sieve in put thermal curtains at the top of the agenda.
Irregular beams can also make placement of poles and tracks a little tricky, not to mention calculation of curtain drops and stack back space. And so it was with the above-pictured cottage.
Client wanted poles that paid sentiment to the traditional look of the blacksmith’s pole but slightly thicker to enhance the visual effect and with a slightly contemporary edge – so we suggested 32mm diameter bronze finish metal poles throughout.
In the Sitting Room (pictured above) client chose a herringbone linen from Volga Linen, which is beautifully thick and stable (a fabulous choice for curtains). We combined this with a medium weight bump interlining to enhance the thermal effect of the curtains.
The curtain poles in this room were recess fixed between the beams that flank each window which produces an uncluttered effect whilst allowing us to navigate around the varying ceiling heights in the room.
In the hallway, client wanted a means to provide a little privacy from the road whilst not diminishing light into the space.
We suggested a voile roman blind in a Harlequin fabric (with traditional cord and cleat mechanism) – this being a great way to achieve a little privacy, but in a soft delicate way that the more obvious roller blind would struggle to achieve.
However in this room, the beams above the window gave us little choice on placement of the curtain poles, so we had to cut down the curtain brackets to fit on narrow angled beams. Extension brackets were required to give the curtains the necessary projection past the edge of the wall.
In the guest bedrooms embroidered fabrics in neutral hues by Kravet (pictured below) and Colefax and Fowler (above) with the same medium weight bump interlining and blackout lining- for maximum blackout and thermal effect – provided an elegant touch of sophistication whilst not overly dominating each room thereby preserving the feeling of space.
The final bedroom called for a bit of creative thinking. The beam above the window (being the only place that the curtain pole could be fixed) protruded a distance from the wall.
The curtains needed to return flush to the wall at each outside edge in order for the curtains to have blackout effect, and for the curtain returns to minimise draught from the windows – in what was the most chilly room of the house.
The solution was to take a cut out from the outside trailing edge of each curtain. This enabled us to return the curtains to the wall without the beam getting in the way – and by preserving the projection of the pole from the beam we ensured that the curtains can be opened and closed without any impediment.